T3 Corporation is an Authorized Seagate Technology LLC, Federal Government and Commercial provider of Hard Disk Drives. Call or email (see below) for quantiy, availability and a product price quote.
Listed below are Seagate FIPS, TAA and Common Criteria Certified Hard Disk Drives. T3 Corporation has been selling Seagate Products Since 1984. Special pricing consideration is offered for larger quantiy orders.
TAA and FIPS: Why They Matter When Buying Drives - "A Technology Point of View"
Now more than ever, enhanced data security is a necessity for government agencies and contractors. As such, we need to go beyond safeguarding systems—security must start at the drive level. Seagate®
TAA and FIPS-compliant hard drives and SSDs answer this need, addressing every step of the supply chain, reducing risks and meeting Federal security standards. Understanding TAA
TAA (Trade Agreements Act: 19 U.S.C. § 2501–2581) fosters fair and open international trade between nations, requiring that products are produced or undergo “substantial transformation” within the United
States or designated country. While TAA compliance is often thought of in relation to storage systems, it also applies to individual components, such as hard drives and SSDs.
Approved and Recorded in the Federal Register
Seagate’s TAA-compliant solutions for enterprise, desktop and notebook hard drives are the only solutions approved and recorded in the Federal Register. This eliminates the requirement for waivers for TAA
storage and meets the encryption requirements set by the US Government for both US Government entities and contractors.
Penalties for Non-Compliance
Any supplier having a GSA Schedule or other US Government contract, such as DOD and IDIQs, must ensure their products comply with TAA standards. Non-compliance could lead to bid award cancellation, significant fines and potential exclusion from Federal contracting. Additionally, TAA cannot be ignored if order values are below the dollar threshold, which is currently $203,000 for goods and services. GSA states, Since the estimated dollar value of each Schedule exceeds the established TAA threshold, TAA is applicable to all Schedules. In accordance with TAA, only U.S.-made or designated country end products shall be offered and sold under Schedule contracts. Based on this ruling, that means all products offered under GSA Schedule contracts must be TAA compliant, regardless of cost.2
Understanding FIPS 140-2
FIPS 140-2 (Federal Information Processing Standard, with 2 referring to the version) is part of a set of US Government computer security standards used to approve cryptographic modules and their use within IT systems. It applies to any product that might store or transmit sensitive data, including link encryptors, hard drives, SSDs or other removable storage media. It ensures that a product uses sound security practices, such as approved, strong encryption algorithms and methods. It also specifies how individuals or other processes must be authorized in order to utilize the product, and how modules or components must be designed to securely interact with other systems.
Common Criteria (CC) is an internationally recognized standard (ISO/IEC 15408) for assessing security functionality of information assurance (IA) and IA-enabled products. CC is required to be sold into US national security agencies and for all IA-enabled devices. A CC certification assures buyers that the process of specification, implementation and evaluation of any certified security product was conducted and proven in a thorough and standard manner. CC is recognized by 17 certificate authorizing and 11 certificate consuming members, including many member nations from the EU, Asia, and North America.5
1. Current list of designated countries
2. GSA ordering guidelines
3. Guidelines for media sanitization
4. NIST Special Publication
5. The Common Criteria
T3 Corporation is an authorized Seagate Technology LLC, Commercial, Federal and Local Government VAR/Reseller. For more information please contact us or visit the Manufacturer's websites.
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